The talk of the trade market will be Francisco Lindor. One of the best and most fun players in the majors right now. I’m a huge fan of Lindor and he would look great in the Orange&Blue. Him at short will drasticly improve our ballclub, however I have noticed one major concern looking into Lindor his numbers.
Lindor is coming off a down year offensively. In 2020 he hit .258/.335/.415 over 60 games with the Indians. While, I don’t measure the 2020 season as that important, it’s good to notice that Lindor had a great 2019 (.284/.335/.518), which is right around Lindor his career marks.
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Lindor his defense is out of this world. He was in the 96th percentile in OOA in 2020. He has been one of the best defensive short stop for years now. And him being just 27, he won’t decline anytime soon.
Now back to his offense and the major concern I spotted. Lindor his struggles against breaking pitches. We have all seen that the league is changing into a league, were breaking balls are thrown more and more. Lindor had just an expected slash line off .226/.285/.330 against breaking balls in 2020. While 2020 is still a fluke year, Lindor was worse in 2019 (.222/.274/.375) against breaking pitches. It’s an issue what would become more and more important how the breaking pitches get used. To me, this is a level of concern if you trade pieces and sign Lindor to a long extension.
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I still see Lindor as a difference making short stop. But I can totally see the Mets going with Gimenez/Mauricio in the pressent and future. No, they aren’t better than Lindor, but Lindor isn’t someone you get for a small pakage.
If Lindor does end up as a Met, he will be a favorite of mine (he already is). So as a fan, I wouldn’t be mad at all.
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